Alex Qin is a Brooklyn based programmer, teacher, and public speaker. She believes in universal access to computer science education and in the importance of building technology for good. She is on the Board of the Computer Science Teachers Association of NYC and on the Associate Board of Code/Interactive and Mouse. She recently left Gakko, where she was the Director of Technology, to work on the Code Cooperative full time. Prior to that, she was the Web Engineering Team Lead at Skillshare and the Curriculum Director at Coalition for Queens. She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from New York University.
Gaby Marraro is a self-taught programmer who rediscovered her love for learning through coding. She is currently a Software Engineer at Ellevest, an instructor at The Coding Space, and has led introductory coding workshops for incarcerated women on Rikers Island. Using her background in psychology, education, and crisis response, she is passionate about creating the intersection between coding and humanist values. She is working towards a B.A. in Psychology at Barnard College.
Omayeli is an artist and technologist currently based in New York. She's interested in democratizing computer science education but not without an emphasis on ethics and responsible computing. Her work explores using code as an artistic medium. She studied Computer Science, Design and Art at New York University. Previously, she worked as a Software Engineer at LinkedIn and was a student at School of Poetic Computation. She's currently studying at the Recurse Center.
Kathryn is an in-house Legal Counsel at Spotify in New York. In this role she provides legal support to the R&D and product groups at Spotify, including its Accessibility Guild. Prior to Spotify, Kathryn was the General Counsel at MakerBot Industries (desktop 3D printing and scanning). At MakerBot helped the company overcome many novel and complex issues as it related to 3D printing and new technology in general. In her tenure at MakerBot and now Spotify, Kathryn has become a budding legal authority on legal and IP issues facing tech, media, and consumer electronic companies. As a woman and person of color, Kathryn knows how important it is to get more underrepresented individuals involved in tech and makes a special effort to make herself accessible and visible as often as she can. To that end, she is also Board Chair of new charter middle school in the Bronx, NY. For fun outside of work, Kathryn enjoys traveling and running – she is also co-organizer of NYC Tech Runners – a running group that brings together those working in the tech space.
Rachel has worked at the intersection of technology and education for several years and is passionate about making technology and educational opportunities accessible to all. Currently Product Launch Lead at Fullstack Academy, formerly Head of Student Success at Coalition for Queens, Rachel is excited about the chance to build a diverse and engaged community centered around empowering marginalized groups via technology.
Tashay is a Data Scientist working in the financial risk and compliance space, in New York City. Prior to becoming a Data Scientist, Tashay worked in education as a Program Manager and High School Science Teacher. She is passionate about social justice, and the equitable distribution of knowledge and resources in communities of color. She studied Applied Urban Science + Informatics at New York University and Biology at Howard University.